Very ambitious film! The fantasy scenes were well done... sound let them down in a few places but it was a nice film!
A nice use of the 'fantasy world reflecting the real world' story.
I found the camerawork in this film to be the best of the night. From the POV shots in the supermarket to the beach fantasy scene, nicely composed and graded.
Loved this film. Felt it was fantastic. Hit in its genre, Wonderful Story and great characters. Cinematography was amazing. Best of luck to you guys :)
Hey, some grown-ups! This film will be very popular, and with good reason. It's full of nice montages, incredible camera-work (amazing steadycam?), brilliantly sourced and utilised locations like Victoria Park New World (seriously) and several beautiful shots in the turbulence of the foreshore.
At this level I have to be kind of hard on some of the basics, though. I never believed the well-composed and dignified star had a dead-end job with a shitty boss. The sound in the supermarket scenes left a *lot* to be desired, and the story told around them was a vague mash of fantasy tropes rather than a compelling and character-lead fable that we've seen other teams engage in with the fantasy genre. There was a beautiful setup for a forest nymph, but the way she was portrayed, I think, was more in the actress' mind than what ended up on screen. With detailed cameras in high-def, you need your make-up and costuming to be excellent, and that magical character always seemed to be slightly out-of-sync with the rest of the piece.
As the focus returned to our protagonist and his OTT boss (who also doesn't carry either the people-skills or the social flaws to have his job), the protagonist does something unexpectedly heroic. But I didn't feel like I cared about him at that point, and when he met the woman on the stairs (a predictable trope), I didn't care for their potential relationship.
This is a beautiful and flowing piece of film with an eye for Kiwiana and locations, but it's one that I like less and less. The Band' is definitely a team to watch out for from now on, I just hope they're not afraid to take risks.
This is a hard film to review. On one hand it had very noticeable/distracting audio issues, but on the other hand it had some really impressive visuals and well crafted cinematography. So technically the team seems very talented ...but just ran out of time to finish the audio? And story-wise it seemed a bit incomplete. It really was quite stunning to look at though, and the bail over the bin was very well done.
I liked this film overall, but I can't get past the technicality of the whole "it was all a dream" thing. Perhaps it can be thought of as a literal take on "fantasy" (as in "dream") but that intent would have needed to be made explicit. In any case, beautiful cinematography, and a likeable main character.
Such a shame about the audio spots, but thats 48 Hr I guess. This film certainly has a certain depth that most of the others lack. A respectable and mature effort, I wander what it would like if it was a 60 hour film competition!! Pat on the back.
This film confused me as its title is the title of a popular and well known book! Other than that it was pulled off quite successfully although the poor man who worked at the supermarket lived in a lovely and inviting looking home so I will have to assume that he was previously left a large entitlement or had saved very carefully! The cinematography was splendid! I saw another film in a later heat with the same plot except the woman was a cleaner instead of a supermarket worker and went through a door and ended up on the beach! The can of lychees (as I remember) was more effective!
Loved this film. Looked amazing and solid acting. I thought it was a great take on fantasy adventure.